Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

Place Services is a multi-disciplinary consultancy within Essex County Council providing environmental and planning services to the Council, local authorities and other public bodies. Our purpose is to support the public sector to deliver sustainable development. The purpose of the Ecological Consultant is to provide effective ecological services to clients across the UK.

The Ecological Consultant will advise on ecological matters including development management and policy advice; ecological assessments; habitat and protected species surveys and management projects; and completing specialist tasks on multi-disciplinary projects.

The role requires a qualified, experienced and capable practitioner with good technical skills, and knowledge, including legislation, policy, standards and guidance, as well as good client relationship, communication, and information management skills, and a collaborative, enterprising and client focused approach.


  • Responsible for effective delivery of a range of ecological and countryside management services including: a demanding caseload of minor and simple major development management consultations at all stages of the planning/consent process; evaluating and carrying out ecological assessments (EcIA, HRA,PEAR) of limited scope and complexity; advising on medium and large scale simple, or small scale complex habitat/species management projects, or habitat creation techniques; designing and undertaking standard habitat and protected species surveys; and completing specialists tasks as part of multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Collecting, analysing, and presenting data, evidence (including for enforcement) and advice to recognised standards, reviewing outcomes, and assessing third party compliance.
  • Contributing to the development and review of plans, policies and guidance.
  • Contributing to development and delivery of promotional and learning material, training activities and events, and engaging with networks, to enhance the recognition and reputation of Place Services.
  • Contributing to bids for low-value opportunities and managing low-value projects and contracts against budgets, specifications and indicators.
  • Maintaining a professional, client-focused culture and positive client relationships, helping secure feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Contributing to improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
  • Developing own commercial awareness of our business and key markets.
  • Maintaining a collaborative, high-performance culture and improving personal competency, continually seeking ways to enhance personal performance and practice, securing feedback, and building knowledge and skills.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant subject and evidence of post qualification experience.
  • Good evidence of continuing professional development with Associate Membership of, or working towards Associate Membership of, relevant professional body e.g. CIEEM.
  • Proficient technical practitioner with knowledge and experience of development management processes; planning policy, legislation, and enforcement standards and guidance; ecological assessment and evaluation; habitat/species management and habitat creation; habitat and protected species identification and survey; and related office and site-based practices and procedures.
  • Can work independently across a range of activities, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, managing simple projects from concept to completion.
  • Good awareness of wellbeing and H&S, able to produce and implement standard risk assessments, and to identify and implement safe working practices.
  • Can communicate and negotiate confidently and clearly, including independent preparation of written technical advice.
  • Understands good client service and can effectively engage contractors, volunteers, clients and their customers, maintaining client relationships.
  • Can use a range of common and specialist software e.g. GIS and/or other IT tools, to record and present data, independently carry out straightforward analyse and interpretation, and to interpret and analyse more complex data under supervision.

To read more about us please visit: Economy, Investment and Public Health

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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